Thursday, September 20, 2018

Controlling My Heating Bill Using Bayesian Model Averaging

Where we live, in rural Ontario, we're not connected to "natural gas". Our home furnace runs on propane, and a local supplier sends a tanker to refill our propane tanks on a regular basis during the colder months.

Earlier this month we had to make a decision regarding our contract with the propane retailer. Should we opt for a delivery price that can vary, up or down, throughout the coming fall and winter; or should we "lock in" at a fixed delivery price for the period from October to May of next year?

Now, I must confess that my knowledge of the propane industry is slight, to say the least. I decided that a basic analysis of the historical propane price data might provide some insights to assist in making this decision. It also occurred to me, after doing this, that the analysis that I went through might be of interest to readers, as a simple exercise in forecasting using Bayesian model averaging.

Here are the details...........

Sunday, September 2, 2018

September Reading List

This month's list of recommended reading includes an old piece by Milton Friedman that you may find interesting:
  • Broman, K. W. & K. H. Woo, 2017. Data organization in spreadsheets. American Statistician, 72, 2-10.
  • Friedman, M., 1937. The use of ranks to avoid the assumption of normality implicit in the analysis of variance. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 32, 675-701.
  • Goetz, T. & A. Hecq, 2018. Granger causality testing in mixed-frequency VARs with (possibly) cointegrated processes. MPRA Paper No. 87746.
  • Güriş, B., 2018. A new nonlinear unit root test with Fourier function. Communications in Statistics - Simulation and Computation, in press.
  • Honoré, B. E. & L. Hu, 2017. Poor (Wo)man's bootstrap. Econometrica, 85, 1277-1301. (Discussion paper version.)
  • Peng, R. D., 2018. Advanced Statistical Computing. Electronic resource.
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